* Posts by Jason Hindle

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Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

Jason Hindle

I've read a couple of reviews of Windows on ARM

They're quite mixed. I'd probably avoid the first iteration (but when was that not true?) and perhaps wait for more of the software (especially Office, it seems) to be natively compiled to the new processor. It's a compelling idea, but the devil is in the implementation.

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NHS England fingered over failure to forward patient correspondence

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There’s a lot of problems

I had to spend a little time in Out Patients, at a hospital last year. A few days later, I received a copy of a letter from the consultant, addressed to my GP. Being in the same business as your average El Reg reader, and therefore being a picky bastard, I did of course check with said GP who was delighted with the letter I handed to her!

To say the NHS is in a bit of a mess would be the understatement of the century. As far as I can tell, it’s mostly down to whichever government.

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

Jason Hindle

The Sandler comparison

Is surely insulting to our new AI overlords?

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Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

Jason Hindle

Remind me... What is Essential’s USP

And when was the last time a proprietary peripheral port succeeded in a mass market product?

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

Jason Hindle

Re: Eudora Euphoria

Bluetooth Module for Handspring Visor, and the original Ericsson T68, for me.

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

Jason Hindle

Re: “Too much GDPR documentation going on.”

Welcome to the Reset.

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

Jason Hindle

Re: A business for someone else

For me, getting existing software running well, in the ARM environment is key. If Microsoft screws that up, they fail. Full sized USB? Sure, as long as it’s USB-C, with all the bells and whistles (and there’s more than one of them).

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Jason Hindle

A business for someone else

An iPad sized/weight device, with an ARM based processor, running full Windows (preferably with LTE) appeals, but I think it takes someone other than Microsoft to get it on the market at the right price/quality to gain any traction.

Apple have been smart, recently, with the iPad. The base model is more powerful than ever, can do more, and the bar to entry is pretty low. Apple have the tablet market sewn up nicely, In this space, I can see Google catching up and succeeding, with Chromebook, and Microsoft failing.

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Mining apps? We're cool so long as they admit to it, says Canonical

Jason Hindle

Unethical?

"The first question worth asking, in this case, is whether the publisher was in fact doing anything wrong, considering that mining cryptocurrency is not illegal or unethical by itself."

Hmmm... This statement deserves a little scrutiny. If you're using my resources for personal gain, without my knowledge of consent, then I think there's a pretty strong argument for unethical behaviour.

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Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose

Jason Hindle

Autonomous cars will be super safe

Just as soon as they’re the only cars on the road. Puny AI can’t cope with the Human Factor.

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Can't wait for Linux apps on Chrome OS? And you like stability? We'll see you in December, then

Jason Hindle

So are there no development solutions that don't involve installing stuff?

That exist within the cloud (i.e. the whole point of a Chromebook)?

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

Jason Hindle

Re: Notepad++

“Downloading a special program just to properly handle line endings is a bit overkill when there's an alternative already installed.”

That’s an interesting definition of special.

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Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

Jason Hindle

Tips for getting the best out of the camera...

Obviously, the monochrome sensor is higher resolution but, so far, I’ve only managed to use it with the Phone's own camera app (Select Mono, then either Pro or Portrait). For colour photography, download Adobe Photoshop CC and use that as your camera. It takes DNGs, and Adobe Sensei (just press auto) does a reliable job of processing these with near zero effort. The camera isn’t fully supported, at the moment, so noise management is a bit off for photos processed in Adobe.

Sample photos:

https://flickr.com/photos/33337735@N00/sets/72157689868399490

https://flickr.com/photos/33337735@N00/sets/72157695798253475

https://flic.kr/p/244XQ2A

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Jason Hindle

No issues so far

I do use Chrome for a couple of thibgs, on W10, and haven't seen any issues since the big April update.

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Apple somehow plucks iPad sales out from 13-quarter death spiral

Jason Hindle

Re: iPad user here

“OK so with the iPad Pro, keyboard and pencil I dropped as much as I did on my Pro but it’s much faster (yes really) editing photos using LightRoom mobile”

I have a fully mobile workflow based around Lightroom CC and Snapseed (mostly smaller format cameras, but also the rather large raw files from my Sony full frame body). And that’s just on an old iPad Air 2. With most of Lightroom running in the cloud, the oomph of something bigger and badder isn’t as necessary as it once was. That said, I wouldn’t mind something newer and pencil compatible; if I need to make any local adjustments, it’s next stop MacBook Pro (and Lightroom Classic).

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Jason Hindle

I think there are two sides to this

Well, two ends.... At the top end, you've got iPads that are better suited to some (but not all) professionals than ever before. At the bottom end, the bar to entry is currently quite low, and what you get from a base level iPad is nicer than similarly (or higher) priced none iPad competition.

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Apple and The Notched One: It can't hide the X-sized iPhone let-down

Jason Hindle

I'm not sure what Apple expected from iPhone X sales

At its price point, it's something of a niche/luxury product. Most people who buy into iOS are going to buy something cheaper. I almost bought one*, because I like to flip/flop between Android and iOS when it comes to my phone. I like both, and the resale value of iPhones is generally better than for Android phones (something always bearing in mind if, like me, you watch your TCO).

* Got curious and bought a Huawei instead (complete with a set of Bose headphones for pre-ordering, which mitigates the fact the phone will be worth thruppence this time next year).

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

Jason Hindle

Re: I stopped reading at

I think the point of the article is that Google want to have their cake and eat it. Apple appears to have stopped at cake acquisition.

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Bargain-happy Brits snub big four mobile network operators

Jason Hindle

How many actually buy their phone via an MVNO?

I assumed most would simply pick up whatever phone they could afford, online, and go for a SIM only contract.

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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

Jason Hindle

I think Windows Phone (of sorts) will be back

Actual Windows 10 running on actual ARM will give Microsoft a way back. Pity the App Store strategy has been badly botched. Microsoft have a very slim chance at a way back. I don’t think I’ve seen a product strategy blown so badly so often.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Jason Hindle

Seems inevitable

But I have a hard time believing IP telephony will be as robust the the system it replaces.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

Jason Hindle

Never had the Mega Drive

Went SNES instead. But we still have a Dreamcast!

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

Jason Hindle

Re: So, NFN, then

“Population: 40,493 at the 2010 census. Presumably USA same-named small towns would be likely to have a gene pool largely from the original town's emigrants.”

So, US but Normal For Norfolk?

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

Jason Hindle

Nothing dubious about the DXO scores

They’re pretty objective but.... Say nothing about pleasing the JPEGs will look. Both Samsung and Apple have super JPEG processing that look pleasing and squeeze everything they can from those small sensors. My P20, OTOH, has the DXO bragging rights (and shoots raw), but the JPEGs are a bit hit and miss depending on the shooting scenario.

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

Jason Hindle

Re: Smartphones are boring

They’re all very alike, so it boils down to comfort and what you want to do with it. I do way too much with mine. I’ve commented here, before, that it’s quite the single point of failure (notwithstanding the backup I always have handy).

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Jason Hindle

I have the bog standard P20

Like the Pro, it gets higher DXO scores than the Samsung S9, Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X. Likewise, as per this this review, Huawei's JPEG processing most certainly lags. The HDR mode in particular looks quite poor compared to my Nexus 5X. This is not a good phone camera for a dreary day. Playing to its strengths, however, which are good light and low light (e.g. indoors), it's looking very promising.

I'm not finding the iOS aping interface a problem at all. Nor does the notch bother me either way. There are use cases where face recognition doesn't work well for me. Something to do with how the phone detects movement, I think. Picking the phone up from a table or desk, the screen switches on and face recognition works pretty flawlessly. Taking the phone out of my pocket, OTOH, it often fails to activate.

Speed wise, the phone fast and slick, so no complaints there.

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We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

Jason Hindle

The camera looks good, but...

The 128GB storage, be default, appeals to me. I do a lot of photography with real cameras and like to get my photos backed up to Lightroom CC while on the go. I'm finding shuntting a lot of 4G data the easy part, whereas the storage on Nexus 5X is starting to be a severe limiting factor. A nice phone camera is a bonus though.

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Here's the list of Chinese kit facing extra US import tariffs: Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc

Jason Hindle

Schemes within schemes?

Is this meant to encourage manufacturing away from China, to other more trade friendly (but still cheap) bits of the world (thinking Vietnam or Thailand)?

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Jason Hindle

Re: Too many questions.

Well a biscuit is a bread product, in the US. I remember my first time in a US McDonalds (Wichita, KS), causing confusion by asking for a sausage and egg McMuffin. They suggested a sausage and egg Biscuit, instead.

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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

Jason Hindle

There's more than one way to skin an app...

There’s also more than one way to skin an OS; a trick that Microsoft sadly missed as they collectively practiced their favourite yoga position*. Apple may well converge their divergent branches such that the average iOS or OSX user wouldn’t really experience much of a difference. True, there’s lots that can go wrong, but a botched solution is hardly forgone conclusion.

* The one where the practitioner demonstrates tremendous core strength and flexibility by bending over backwards and sticking their head up their own arse. The real skill is in the removal.

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

Jason Hindle

I take it this star has lovely plumage?

In the here and now?

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

Jason Hindle

Re: The only fly in the ointment...

Good point. I don't imagine the existing Linux virtual machines I run (via VirtualBox), on my current Mac, will work.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Why?

Existing software may well still work, by some method (translation to new instruction set, on first use, for example). Microsoft's approach is certainly aiming to do that (albeit only with 32 bit software, which seems pretty half arsed to me).

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Jason Hindle

Re: Intel's would still be the longest-surviving Mac instruction set

Indeed. When Apple moved from PowerPC, there was a sense of “How the hell will they pull that of”. Now it will be a case of “So what”.

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Jason Hindle

Makes a lot of sense

I’ll put money on Apple making this a success before Microsoft (who are supporting the launch of ARM based Windows 10 laptops, this year) and friends.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

Jason Hindle

The Trump Slump...

So, not only do they want lower tourist numbers, they also want a lower quality of tourist? I doubt your average Daily Mail reader* is exactly the last of the big spenders, when on that annual Flori-duh holiday.

* Daily Mail reader perhaps used as a euphemism for the Nothing to Hide/Nothing to Fear brigade.

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

Jason Hindle

If you’re going to mandate 10, you might as well mandate 40

I don’t imagine there’s a massive difference in cost between FTTC and bog standard ADSL. Also, don’t forget that BT now own a massive mobile network, so wireless 4G/5G solutions (combined with microwave radio, if sufficient line of site available, or satellite if not) might be more cost effective for the most difficult locations.

Is any obligation going to be placed on major land owners, in terms of allowing equipment on (or under) their land?

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

Jason Hindle

Re: Aaaahhhh come on....

“Just slap a Raspberry-Pi in there and be done with it...”

Like a mate of mine did with an old PC tower case. It looked comical, on the inside, but also a bit Sci-Fi.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Jason Hindle

Translation

Microsoft made another attempt to get consumers and software suppliers to use their online store; quit immediately when they didn’t get the instant and spectacular results they were expecting? Time for a rethink at the top, I think.

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Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

Jason Hindle

Re: The first smart phone was called Simon

And Simon was very much a child of the 90s.

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Jason Hindle

The Trouble With The X? It’s still Boring

Apple simply can’t escape the commoditisation of the smartphone market. There’s not a great deal you can do with the X that you can’t also do with something cheaper. There’s a strong case for buying a well supported something that does what you need fast, but the arguments for a luxury item aren’t so strong. That’s not to say Apple is doomed. I understand the 8 is delivering plenty of shareholder value.

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Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS

Jason Hindle

Re: Schroedinger's Snake

Call it a quantum pause.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

Jason Hindle

"How will it benefit the country that farmers can get 10mbs download speed? I only get 1mbps and I live in a city centre and that's enough for Netflix, gaming etc. Don't we subsidise them enough?"

That would be Netflix in sub standard definition, I assume. I found it just about usable when we had a 3mbps connection.

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Jason Hindle

Well at least he didn’t promise

The Second Coming, and Life everlasting, in Boris’s new paradise (though both might seem more likely to anyone living in a not spot).

Now, I think I’m being overpowered by the smell of the country.

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

Jason Hindle

"The lack of MBNA Amex is an ommision. Poundland and now Aldi take no accept Amex so no excuse to miss out miles even on the smallest transaction."

Poundland too? That is good news. My Visa card has been seeing a lot less action since Aldi started taking Amex (normal Amex issued charge card, so works perfectly with Android/Google/Whatever Pay).

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

Jason Hindle

“Your post leads one to beleive that we didn't have a complete, flying aircraft before getting Europeon nations involved to increase the size of the order book.“

Indeed. The Eurofighter is essentially a variant of the very British Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP) from the 80s. It was a very early (earliest?) example of an inherently unstable aircraft design using fly by wire and computers to keep it safely up. A lot of that tech also ended up in the American F22.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

Jason Hindle

More likely good for routes into Africa and Middle East

The European Airlines have long been a little envious of Turkish who, thanks to their hub at IST, can cover a rather large area with 737s. Beyond Europe, there’s a market for point to point business between smaller airports. Not forgetting the possibility of an all business cabin on some routes.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

Jason Hindle

You forgot to add

“Fake news! No Russian interference in US elections! Sad!”

It’s Obama’s fault! It was Hilary that did it!

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

Jason Hindle

So they want the right to express discriminatory views?

But are none too happy when the boot is on the other foot? I wish them all the best :-/

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Jason Hindle

Texas....

You think the Texas tech sector is significantly less liberal than Silicon Valley? Perhaps outside of the major urban centres. Guns are often allowed though.

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